Because of our income level, the standard write-off is a better deal than itemizing. We could deduct our mortgage, and since DH is self-employed we could take a "write-off" (actually deferment) of certain expenses, plus a percentage of our yearly taxes. But that gets paid back when the house is sold, which I don't like.
Last year was the first time we hired an accountant, and we really needed one with an inheritance and other things. I was steeling myself to the cost because I knew we needed it that year. It ended up costing us only $125. Only that much? This year we have renters in our old house, and that's something new, so we will go back again. I highly recommend it.